Compressed air cars are innovative but not unprecedented for the automotive market: the AirPod car, marketed by Motor Development International, is officially the first mass-produced compressed air car on a large scale. The compressed air technology developed by the PSA Group and which will characterize the next generation Citroen models is unprecedented.
Until a few years ago, when we talked about ecological cars we were referring to petrol and diesel cars capable of offering low consumption. Today the speech changes, ecological cars are those with alternative fuel, that is methane or LPG cars, hybrid cars, pure electric cars, hydrogen cars and the younger cars with compressed air.
What are the components that characterize an electric car? Of course, some things are intuitive, the fuel collection tank is replaced by an energy storage system capable of delivering electricity to the engine so, since there is no combustion of a liquid fuel, an exhaust pipe is not needed (this is why electric cars do not they have the muffler!
In January 2014, a new luxury plug-in hybrid, the Cadillac ELR, will debut on the market. The introductory price for the United States has been set at 75,995 dollars, again in the country with the Stars and Stripes flag, thanks to federal incentives the price drops to 68,495 dollars! A big leap backwards ... even if with these figures, the Cadillac ELR plug-in Hybrid remains a car for those with very deep pockets in which to rummage a few coins!
In 2014, the Korean Kia will also sell its electric cars around the world. Starting with the Kia Soul EV, which will be the first fully electric Korean car to be marketed outside the original market. Kia has been investing in electric mobility for a few years and in 2011 made its fleet of Ray EV prototypes available to a few select customers and Korean government agencies, now it probably believes the technology is mature enough and is about to make the leap.
The key components of an electric car are: a charging unit, an accumulator, an electric engine, a control system and a reducer. So those who want to transform their car into an electric car will need to replace all the mechanical components that up to that moment made it possible for the thermal engine to function.
The ecological car loves the environment and protects the wallet by saving a lot of money on running costs and fuel. In terms of consumption, the most "economical" cars are electric ones but, while waiting for the setting up of the charging infrastructure, there are those who are aiming for methane. Those who want to obtain a big saving can combine the low costs of methane with small and efficient engines; in this context, great attention is paid to ultra-compact city cars such as the VW Eco Up!
Volkswagen does not disappoint any expectations and so makes its official announcement: soon it will be possible to buy the Golf and the up! with electric motorization. They are respectively called e-Golf and e-Up! (yes, with the exclamation mark) and are the first two cars with electric powertrains from the Volkswagen manufacturer.
Starting from next March 2014, the new Kia Soul will debut on the market which, in addition to having slightly revised lines, will be shown to the public with a wide range of engines including the ecological electric engine. The electric powertrain will be available for purchase by the end of 2014 when the Korean house will expand the range of engines.
There are more and more hybrid car models available on the market, for this 2014 there are several innovations with proposals from all (or almost) car manufacturers.Volvo V60 The Volvo V60 Diesel Hybrid, is the car that for the first volta combines the electric motor with the diesel fueled thermal one.
The Toyota FCV was presented at the last Tokyo Motor Show, it has a sporty look, it is spacious and above all, it is very efficient: its electric motor is powered by fuel cells. The first prototype promises well: according to the Japanese manufacturer, in a short time the production costs of the fuel cell system were lowered, so Toyota will soon be able to start large-scale production of this car.
The Fiat 500E is available on the US market with prices starting from 31,800 dollars, about 23,500 euros. On lease, the electric 500 can be purchased for a monthly fee of $ 199 for 36 months, they deposit $ 999 at the signing of the contract, even if the full price of the electric 500 amounts to 31.
The Toyota Auris hybrid is the only spacious hybrid that costs less than 30,000 euros. The opinions that you read on the industry forums are all positive and also the price is not bad if you consider that the Toyota Prius, the same for consumption, is smaller and is more expensive than 7,200 euros! house with a price of 24.
The BMW i3 is equipped with a three-phase electric motor and lithium-ion battery which, with the domestic socket, has charging times of about 10 hours. The BMW i3 can be taken home at a price of 36,499 euros; the price is justified by the electrical components but above all by the production technologies: the structure is in carbon fiber and aluminum, the body in shockproof plastic and the electric engine is 170 HP.
Between traditional petrol cars and electric vehicles, car sharing options are increasing in Milan. Enough to say that the idea of the shared car has taken hold in the city and has become a lively market. A bit of (short) history. The first car sharing service in Milan was ATM's GuidaMI, then Car2go and Enjoy arrived as regards thermal engine vehicles.
The electric Smart Brabus Cabrio is one of the Smart versions available in the Smart Electric Drive range. The Smart Brabus has prices starting at 29,990 euros for the coupé while the electric Smart Brabus Cabrio takes home with 33,000 euros. Among the electric cars on the market, the Smart eletrtica is probably the smallest and most compact and the Smart Brabus Cabrio is perhaps among the most expensive compact electric cars.
Mitsubishi Outlander Phev or Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, for friends Outlander hybrid, captured international attention at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, debuting as the first SUV equipped with hybrid propulsion. Hybrid Outlander, engines unnoticed: it is 4.66 meters long and its hybrid system consists of two 60 kW electric motors, the rear with 195 Nm of torque and the front with 137 Nm of torque immediately available.
The list of electric cars on the market in Italy is getting more and more dense and to satisfy the curiosity of consumers we publish the list of electric cars on the market for 2014, a timely and precise overview of electric cars on the market in Italy in 2014; the prices indicated in our article are intended without incentives.
What are the hybrid cars on the market in Italy? When hybrid mobility is added to pure electric mobility, there are about 50 models on the market. There are about 30 hybrid car models on the market in Italy. Here is an overview of the hybrid cars marketed, to date - February 2014-, in our country.
Only steam comes out of the exhaust gas pipe of a hydrogen car. Hydrogen cars use this gas as fuel: hydrogen vehicles convert the chemical energy of hydrogen into mechanical energy. Hydrogen is burned in an internal combustion engine or, alternatively, by reacting it with oxygen in a "fuel cell" as occurs in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, where hydrogen is used to produce electricity to power an engine electric.
The Volkswagen Golf hybrid arrives and thus the Volkswagen Golf GT range grows. The Volkswagen Golf Hybrid adds a new choice in the range of available engines, that of hybrid drive.The Volkswagen Golf range expands and welcomes a hybrid drive model, the Volkswagen Golf GTE, the first hybrid GT of the German company.